May 2013 Board Retreat Recap and Minutes Update

29 May 2013

Hello IGDA Members,

As always, we thank you for your support of this org. Because of your participation and involvement, this organization is able to continue to better serve all of its members.

Meeting minutes for our 21 March and 18 April Meetings are officially up at You can view those and any previous minutes at The meeting minutes for May should be approved at our next meeting which is scheduled for 20 June 2013.

The Board of Directors recently had their semi-annual offsite meeting. We met for two and a half days to discuss IGDA business, check in on our progress from last year (e.g. we hired our wonderful Executive Director Kate Edwards!), and develop a set of focuses and goals for the upcoming 6 months.

This offsite the Board once again had each Board Member select a few key areas from our agreed upon major areas as their priority moving forward and met as these various groups to create measurable goals to accomplish before the next board offsite.

The main areas of focus for the board, with the key board members responsible, going forward are:

  • Finance/Sponsorships: Tom, Ed, Dustin
  • Events: Tom, Dustin
  • International Growth/Formalization: Luke, Dustin
  • SIGs and Chapters: Sheri, Luke
  • Membership: Ed, Sheri
  • Employment Contract Initiative: Brian, Ed

If you have questions regarding any of these key focus areas, please feel free to reach out to us. Individual email addresses can be found at, or you can contact the entirety of the Board at

We will continue to provide updates on these projects monthly, so please watch this blog for updates on meeting minutes being posted.

Thank you again for your participation.

Yours in service,
IGDA Board of Directors


Dustin Clingman, First5 Games, Re-elected Chair Of International Game Developers Association

6 May 2013

MOUNT ROYAL, NJ 06 May 2013 – Dustin Clingman, CEO, First5 Games, was re-elected chair of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) during the April 2013 board of directors’ meeting. Also re-elected to their positions were Ed Fries, Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios, as Treasurer, and Sheri Rubin, Founder and CEO, Design Direct Deliver, as Secretary. Brian Robbins, Mobile Games Consultant continues in his role of Vice Chair.

Clingman, a long-time member of the IGDA, says he is excited to continue leading the board as the association continues to broaden its outreach and advocacy on issues that matter most to game developers.

IGDA continues to mature into an International organization with a focus on professional development and advocacy,” said Clingman. “We have an amazing Staff and incredible leadership on our Board. The future has never looked brighter for The IGDA!”

The IGDA Board of Directors also recently welcomed back Tom Buscaglia as a returning board member and Luke Dicken as a first‐term member. “Both Tom and Luke have proven themselves to be valuable contributors to the IGDA” said Robbins. “Their continued efforts for helping drive the IGDA’s mission forward will be invaluable to the org and the industry.”

IGDA’s complete list of 2013‐2014 Directors:
•  Dustin Clingman (Chair) – CEO, First5 Games
•  Ed Fries ‐ (Treasurer) Former VP, Microsoft Game Studios
•  Sheri Rubin (Secretary) – Founder and CEO, Design Direct Deliver
•  Brian Robbins (Vice Chair) – Mobile Games Consultant
•  Tom Buscaglia – The Game Attorney
•  Luke Dicken – Founder, Robot Overlord Games
•  Cordy Rierson, GPM, Microsoft Studios

The IGDA Board of Directors would like to thank all of the former directors and officers for their service to the association and all the IGDA members who voted in the most recent election.

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About the International Game Developers Association (IGDA)
In its 17th year, the International Game Developers Association is the largest non‐profit membership organization serving individuals who create video games. The IGDA is committed to advancing the careers and enhancing the lives of game developers by connecting members with their peers, promoting professional development, and advocating on issues that affect the developer community. For more information on the IGDA, please visit